1,785 hearts have been successfully transplanted in 2012.
2,332 heart transplants took place in 2011.
Since 1988, 53,925 heart transplants have been performed in the US.
At 109 Woods Lane, we have so much for which to be thankful. On the evening before Thanksgiving, we housed 6 boys for the night. It was a frisky but thoroughly enjoyable night. Somehow, they all fell asleep at the appointed hour.
At 11:00 a.m. Thanksgiving day more troops began to arrive. Hiland jr. and Ashley brought their two girls, Lily and Victoria. It was off to the swing set and ladders as the ladies of the house declared the inside off limits for table settings and preparation. A few adults savored Bloody Mary’s while others chose the champagne root.
By noon, cousins, grandparents and friends began to arrive. Kickoff was 12:30 and the treeless orchard was transformed into a football field where players from age 2.5 to 72 battled for an hour and a half. The outcome was undecided because the official referee (me) was summoned to serve house duty. It was decided that everybody won.
After the game, tag teams were organized for the potato race, where Lily Doolittle, who turned three on Thanksgiving Day, was the decided winner as she not only delivered the potato to her partner in fine stead but then beat him to the finish line as well. emerged the winner. Please see video attached.
Lily was born 20 days after my heart transplant on November 2, 2009. Without that transplant, I would not have met the three blonde grandchildren on the left side of the isle.
Please enjoy the photos and the clip. If you are on a wait list for heart transplantation somewhere and you are getting discouraged, stay the fight. Comply with doctor’s orders and soon Thanksgiving and every other holiday will take on a much deeper meaning.
I have had my trials and tribulations in recovery. I have found myself and my God. I am surrounded by loving people with energy. My brain has become unfrozen. But, we heart transplant recipients know what it means to Pay It Forward, as nurse Rose once reminded me after transplantation. There is work to be done.
This Thanksgiving was especially powerful for me. Everybody was under one roof. We had a fully opened adult table and children’s tables and everybody had an appetite.
My hope is that wherever you are in the transplant cycle, you will rejoice in your prolonged life or in the hope that accompanies the wait. Even after you walk out of your transplant center with your new heart working beautifully, life will still be too short. Make sure you enjoy! All the best, Hiland